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Conventions: Portland comic book show draws hopeful artists, bargain-hunting collectors. The Oregonian.
Movies: Weekend box office wrap up. Harry Potter enjoys monster opening. This weekend wizard fans united and sent the much-hyped fantasy sequel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1soaring to the number one spot with a massive opening weekend of $125.1M, according to estimates, making it the highest-grossing debut ever in the seven-film series. Launching ultrawide in 4,125 theaters, including a record 239 IMAX locations, the dark PG-13 adventure averaged a sensational $30,332 per site and ranks as the sixth best opening weekend of all-time behind The Dark Knight ($158.4M), Spider-Man 3 ($151.1M), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8M), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($135.6M), and this year’s Iron Man 2 ($128.1M). IMAX accounted for 10% of the opening weekend tally with $12.4M with many upcoming shows already sold out. Rotten Tomatoes.
Animation: The Los Angeles Times reported that after this Wednesday’s release of Tangled, the Walt Disney Corporation will not be producing any new films based on fairy-tales “for the foreseeable future.” Disney has now given a rebuttal on Facebook stating “A headline in today’s LA Times erroneously reported that the Disney fairy tale is a thing of the past, but I feel it is important to set the record straight that they are alive and well at Disney and continue this week with Tangled, a contemporary retelling of a much loved story. We have a number of projects in development with new twists that audiences will be able to enjoy for many years to come.” – Ed Catmull